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#beginquote# Wow, I play Oboe and Clarinet. Honestly, both instruments are great. Oboe feels more classical and thrilling to me. Oboe is tough to get a hang of, and to play well. Sound quality consists based on. The quality of the oboe it's self, and weather you buy product reeds or hand made. I suggest highly suggest a teacher for oboe. Reeds, and such can be handled. Clarinet if you play it right has a really smooth sound. Make sure in either instrument you don't get a plastic one. Unless you get a plastic clarinet for marching band, but like I said. If you aren't in band this shouldn't matter and you should go wood all the way. WAY better tone and such. My Clarinet teacher says that it is frowned upon to have vibrato. I was suprised, for I started Oboe first. Played for years before I played Clarinet. I can't be sure if she is just ignorant or not. But, oboe definitely needs vibrato. Well, it's not a need. But, it definitely brings to life a lot of music you would play. Clarinet unlike oboe I can probably play for an unlimited period of time. But, if you practice oboe enough. [Don't ever over do it.] You'll be able to play for longer periods of time. Oboe is like.. A fat person trying to run a mile. Your jaw like dies in the first 20-30 mintues when you first start playing. But, the more then fat person runs.. The better shape the fat person gets and the further the fat person can run. Same concept for your jaw when you play oboe. Practice. Practice. Practice. Clarinet won't hurt you when you first start. But, both in the end are instruments you will come to adore. That's why so many people who only play one or the other say that their choice is so much better. I like them both equally. Oboe is more work. Not saying Clarinet ISN'T effortless. Because you do need to practice that a lot or you'll be sqicking for like.. Ever. Clarinet needs lots of practice to get the feel of how to really play it. I mean, my clarinet teacher feels it's like when a little kid touches a stove or something and burns his hand. He won't do it again. Except it takes a lot more "Burning of the hand." To get that through with Clarinet. Like, bad tone quality and such will be rapid fire in the beginning. As for the people whom believe oboes cannot play the same note. You're in correct. If you have never heard Oboes play the same tone, pitch and note. Than I do believe your Oboe players are tone deaf, or just have really bad quality instruments and reeds. So, yeah. Rent both instruments, take lessons. Decide which one you perfer. Because in the end they are both amazing. Even if they are both troublesome to become good at. Both worth it. Both enjoyable. Also, I'm sorry to say. But, oboe is more of a solo instrument than Clarinet.=/ Both do have solo music though! Don't get me wrong. But, in band and such Oboe's do get more solos.. Anyways. Oh, and the scholarship thing? True, Oboe is more likely to get a scholarship and less people play Oboe. Many people who don't play Oboe, don't like it because in highschool an oboe player may not have a good quality oboe or reeds. So, they kind of sound like.. a Duck. I certainly did. So suggestion to you! If you rent a Oboe. Stay away from Selmer. Get a fox, or yamaha. There are many other good brands as well. But, Selmer is the absolute worst. It's plastic, it's all around terrible. Sometimes they don't even have all the keys! Ah, a horror for any Oboe player to play. Clarinet wise, I think fox makes good Clarinets as well. But, I think you would need to research more into that. Good luck to you! #endquote#
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